Other occupational health issues
Work Related Respiratory Disease
Work related Respiratory disease still accounts for over 12,000 deaths per year and 30,000 breathing related problems.
The BSIF believes that Occupational Health should be considered as a component part of Public Health and the Tackling Work Related Respiratory Illness Report is a document which calls on local authorities in Great Britain to become more involved with the BSIF membership in preventing these avoidable diseases.
You can download the report here
No Time to Lose - Working together to beat Occupational Cancer
Campaign to cut work cancer deaths launched
An industry-wide campaign to cut the number of deaths from occupational cancer was launched in 2015. We have signed up to this campaign in support of IOSH.
According to conservative estimates, some 8,000 people die from cancer and around 14,000 contract the disease each year in the UK because of exposure to a work-related carcinogen, such as diesel exhaust fumes, silica dust or asbestos fibres. Worldwide, occupational cancer claims the lives of more than 666,000 a year – one death every 47 seconds.
For more information about this campaign please read:
- Press release - No Time to Lose
- Work Cancer - The Facts
Beware Asbestos Campaign
We are demonstrating our ongoing support to HSE in raising awareness of the dangers of Asbestos and the potential to contract long latency disease; this underpins our commitment to "Promote Health and Safety Nationwide"
As part of HSE's Beware Asbestos campaign, HSE have launched a social media initiative with the support of footballer Stuart Pearce. Stuart used to be an electrician and so was happy to help highlight the risk to trades people which is being covered by National press and men's magazines.
We encourage you to follow HSE on Twitter, you may have seen the HSE tweets already, in which case, thank you for re-tweeting. If you or your organisation uses Twitter or Facebook, we would love you to show your support for the campaign by wearing the scarf. This is a neat little icon called a "twibbon" that appears in the corner of your profile picture. You can get the icon by clicking on the following link: http://twibbon.com/support/beware-asbestos and by following the campaign on Twitter.
If you are able to forward the request to your members, that would also be fantastic! Please let me know if your organisation is using social media to promote the Beware Asbestos campaign so that we can follow you too.
Trades Union Congress - Health and Safety
The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has a webpage on Health and Safety.
This website is part of TUC's work to ensure union safety reps have the information and resources to continue and to improve that work.
The website can be accessed at www.tuc.org.uk workplace-issues/health-and-safety
HSE Myth Busters
The Myth Busters Challenge Panel provides a mechanism to independently challenge advice or decisions, made in the name of health and safety, that arebelieved to be disproportionate or inaccurate.
You can find the cases that the panel have considered and their findings at www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting